The trainers at Streets Fitness believe that to progress physically, fitness relies on variation. To that end, they encourage clients to explore the gym’s full stock of weight-training and cardio equipment, as well as its 40 weekly classes. The class selection includes self-defense training such as boxing and kickboxing, in which guests burn calories as they perfect their martial techniques and figure out their entrance theme songs. And circuit training and core-conditioning sessions are also available, including The Grid, a full-body cross-training workout that was voted one of the area's best workouts by the Daily Camera. Streets also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which coaches fine-tune workouts depending on patrons' goals and the severity of their heavy-bag phobias.
Though Pearl Wok's chefs specialize in the cuisine of China's Hunan region, they're savvy enough put their spin on other Chinese-American classics. Patrons eagerly share platters of glistening general tso's chicken, wrap mu-shu pork in savory pancakes, and inhale the fragrance of coffee-smoked duck before deliberating over which type of donut would best sop up its juices. Chefs also sear scallops and shrimp on sizzling hot plates and ladle vegetables over crispy, pan-fried, and boiled noodles. Drinks that range from creamy thai iced tea to the sweet Singapore Sling cocktail punctuate meals with flavor, and then desserts such as strawberry fried cheesecake or red bean ice cream neutralize palates with sweetness.
Upon walking through the doors of the softly lit eatery, guests are faced with a classic frenchman’s dilemma. Turn left, and they’ll find themselves in the Canton Palace half of the restaurant; turn right, and they’ll enter Osaka Hibachi territory. The former specializes in authentic dishes from across Asia—Vietnamese rice bowls with tender shrimp and chicken, nutty Thai noodles, and sizzling Sichuan hot pots. It is staffed by a team of attentive servers, who bustle about the bright space, refilling wine glasses and taking note of special dietary concerns, such as a sensitivity to spicy chilies or bread that was baked using lightning.
The Osaka Hibachi section of the restaurant features an entirely different menu from its pan-Asian sister, with a focus on Japanese hibachi-style dinners. Here, chefs sizzle up fine steaks and fresh seafood on fiery tableside grills as diners watch, entranced by roaring flames and flipping spatulas.
At first glance, Wonderful Dragon's menu may seem to err entirely on the side of traditional Chinese food. But while the restaurant's cooks favor authentic flavors from the Far East, like sesame beef or cashew shrimp, they also serve more exotic options, such as coffee-smoked duck and mussels with black bean sauce. Inventive entrees also populate Wonderful Dragon's sushi bar menu. With more than 50 rolls, the selection ranges from the traditional Philadephia roll to more than 10 chef specialties. Specialty rolls include the spicy kani-based hot river roll, as well as the white fish, salmon, and tuna medley of the pink lady, a star of Broadway's all-fish Grease revival.
The chefs at Ocean Sushi coil more than 35 specialty rolls and poise nearly 30 varieties of fresh-sliced sashimi atop tiny beds of rice. Simplistic arrangements highlighting quail eggs or surf clam join a long list of fancier rolls, such as the Louisville roll with crab, avocado, salmon, and tuna. The kitchen also fries vegetables in crispy tempura batter and sautés chicken in teriyaki sauce. Boba, commonly known as bubble tea, complements meals with flavors such green tea, honeydew, and green apple, dotted with tapioca pearls. In addition to its Japanese dishes, Ocean Sushi also prepares Vietnamese food such as pho and bun, or vermicelli noodles with marinated meats.
Ocean Sushi delivers meals within a five-mile radius of its Longmont location, just because that is as far as the chef can throw.
At Ooka Sushi, the chefs satisfy practically any Asian-cuisine craving, not just those for artfully prepared and presented sushi and sashimi. They also slow cook broccoli and bell peppers in a thick Thai peanut curry, marinate duck meat in Chinese fire spices and fry it to a golden crisp, and deep fry shrimp in tempura batter.